Old Testament: Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Psalter: Psalm 22
Epistle: Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Gospel: John 18:1-19:42
Grieving God, on the cross your Son embraced death even as he had embraced life: faithfully and with good courage. Grant that we who have been born out of his wounded side may hold fast to our faith in him exalted and may find mercy in all times of need. Amen.
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